I've recently been put in charge of one of the rescue horses at our barn. She has terrible feet. I've been cleaning them out every day but when she first came to me I couldn't even tell what was manure and dirt and what was her foot. As I started picking them out, a ton of black (what I assumed at the time to be old poop) was deep in her collateral grooves. Upon further research, I learned that a symptom of thrush is black discharge so maybe it was that? It smelt rank whatever it was. Anyways, here are some pictures I took yesterday after a through cleaning. Her front feet are much worse and seem to be causing her more discomfort than her hind feet. Any tips on how to help cure her feet too would be appreciated! Thanks!
Those feet are a terrible mess. The horse needs a farrier to start working on the hooves. It is going to take a fairly long time with constant farrier attention to help get the hooves even close to being right.
1. Please please please don't wear flipflops.. :/ if you get hurt you will be in a world of pain and won't be much help around the barn! I say this with respect
2. Are those completely clean? It looks like dried mud is caked around the hoof
3. They aren't trimmed properly at all..
4. Some thrush.. but there are other problems I'm seeing.. but will let a farrier tell you what they see as I'm new to this.
Do you have a good farrier.. when was she last trimmed?
She needs a good trimming. The farrier will remove all that excess dead tissue around the frog. You can apply something like "Thrush X" or an equivalent to clear up the infection. It looks like thrush combined with some neglect as far as trimming goes.
How long before she sees a farrier? She needs one soon. I'd take a wire brush and scrub them up really well. Take more pictures and repost. It'll give the people here a bit of a clearer view. Google taking good hoof pictures.
ETA: Is she lame? I'm not a farrier but it looks like she could use a lot of help on those hooves.
ETAA: Please post new shots after she sees the farrier. Most of us would love to see updates once her feet are done.
Ok so the farrier came this morning. I took quick shots this afternoon. Sorry they are kind of crappy shots and the feet aren't completely cleaned out but even dirty, you can see a huge improvement. I'm very happy. Obviously she still has a long way to go but I'm still really pleased with the improvement! I'll take better pictures the next time I give her a bath.